meet dr. kristina collins
Kristina Collins MD FAAD is a Harvard-trained and nationally renowned leader in dermatology, published author of dermatology literature, and international invited speaker on topics related to her expertise in dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology, women’s empowerment, mindfulness, and career motivation. Dr. Collins is double board certified in Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery and has been named a Castle Connolly “Top Doc” in 2020, 2021, and 2022, as well as the “top dermatologist in Austin” by public vote. She founded her multi-location practice, Austin Skin, to provide an elevated standard of dermatologic care to patients in Central Texas and beyond.
Education and Leadership
Dr. Kristina Collins graduated Summa cum Laude with a B.S. in Microbiology and B.S. in Political Science from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. After selection for the prestigious Canby Robinson Scholarship, she earned her M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and was valedictorian of her graduating class. She was named Tennessee Woman in Medicine of the Year after co-founding a free medical clinic for the uninsured in the Nashville area. Her brainchild, Shade Tree Family Clinic, continues to grow and provide much needed care to thousands of uninsured patients every year.
During her residency in dermatology with the Harvard Combined Dermatology Program, she was trained in the medical and surgical management of skin disorders and had the opportunity to work at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Lahey Clinic. She then completed a Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology fellowship at the Lahey Clinic and Harvard Dermatology specializing in skin cancer treatment and reconstruction, laser surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. During fellowship, she held academic teaching appointments with both Harvard Department of Dermatology and Tufts University. She has represented the American Board of Dermatology on the American Family Physician’s Editorial Advisory Board and served as the chairperson of the Editorial Board for the Women’s Dermatological Society as well as an invited participant on the Executive Board. She was an invited member of the Patient Advocacy Committee of the American Academy of Dermatology. Her college, Arizona State, recognized her career with an award for the top 20 distinguished alumni to watch. She serves as an industry consultant and dermatology expert for various news stories, publications, and conferences.
Message from our founder
"Growing up in a family rooted in ancient eastern medicine and healing practices, I have always appreciated the power of holistic traditions for health, and now, as a physician and specifically a dermatologist, I am an expert in the science behind skin care. One unique aspect to the foy line is that each product truly brings together the best of eastern and western philosophies to affect the skin on a cellular level and bring out its radiance. I have seen that my patients benefit when we step outside of the box and integrate traditional and holistic approaches so I have combined the evidence-based science of ingredients like hyaluronic acids, probiotics, vitamins, and retinol with more holistic, botanical, and herbal ingredients that represent in many cases knowledge handed down for generations.
But my true mission is not just to create incredible skin care products, my mission through foy is to create skin care that acknowledges and empowers the beauty and the magic that exists in all of us. I paired all of my products with individual meditations because I believe that small daily rituals, like using positive mantras to raise our consciousness and presence morning and night during those precious few minutes of our skin care routine, have the potential to create major life transformations.
People are sometimes curious why I picked the name foy. To be honest, it came to me in an incredibly vivid dream that suggested (really commanded) that I create a skin care line that will empower others and name it foy. Later on, thinking about what I may have been conjuring on a subconscious level, I think that foy represents the fountain of youth. Not in some magical potion sort of way but in the sense that the authenticity and love that we share with the world are the things that we leave behind. So in some way, love is the fountain of youth. I hope that people will use my products to nourish their skin but also to embrace their own unique beauty and manifest their magic. I believe that if we love ourselves we can change our energy, if we can change our energy then we can empower our lives, and if we empower ourselves— well, we can change the world.”
-Kristina Collins MD
If you are interested in becoming a cosmetic dermatology or dermatologic surgery patient of Dr. Collins at her boutique practice in Austin, TX, head to her practice website for more info